The ICC T20 World Cup 2022 match between Zimbabwe and South Africa resulted in no result played at Bellerive Oval, Hobart on October 24.
Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine won the toss and decided to bat first. The match was reduced to 9 overs a side. It was a shaky start for the Zimbabwe side as they wickets of Craig Ervine, Regis Chakabva, Sikander Raza, and Sean Williams.
The South African bowlers especially the fast bowlers put Zimbabwe batters under immense pressure with consistent lines and lengths. David Miller produced a stunning direct hit to dismiss Sean Williams to leave Zimbabwe in deep trouble at 17 for 4.
Wesley Medhevere and Milton Shumba steadied the ship with some lovely shots putting South African bowlers under some pressure. Zimbabwe was awarded 5 penalty runs due to the ball hitting the gloves of de Kock.
The incident took place in the ninth over when Shumba hit a reverse scoop going as Ngidi threw from the fine leg as Quinton de Kock did a mistake. The South African bowler bowled a full-length delivery on the fourth stump, which Zimbabwe’s Milton Shumba tried to scoop but ended up sending to the fine leg.
Quinton de Kock had removed his gloves to collect the ball but the throw from the fielder came and hit the piece of accessory that was lying on the ground. The on-field umpire immediately awarded five penalty runs to Zimbabwe, leaving South African players in shock. The penalty runs were awarded because the ball hit an object that was intentionally placed on the field of play.
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South Africa share 1 point with Zimbabwe
Chasing 80 runs to win, South Africa began with explosive nature by de Kock smashing Chatara for 23 runs in the first over. De Kock continued his aggressive nature putting pressure on Zimbabwe bowlers. The target was revised to 64 from 7 overs. De Kock plundered the opponent bowlers remaining not out on 47 off 18 balls. South Africa blasted 51 for 0 in 3 overs before the rain arrived again.
South Africa was unfortunate enough as they needed only 13 from 4 overs. Despite de Kock’s efforts, Zimbabwe and South Africa shared one point each. It was a dominating performance by South Africa especially de Kock who looked in sensational form.
South Africa would be devasted as they could not get 2 points. Bangladesh won its opening match against the Netherlands by 9 runs.